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... that was only discovered recently. It was part of the Yorkshire offensive and is currently being restored. We then stopped at a place called Essex Farm. It is the exact location that John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields. It was in a series of bunkers that were used by the Canadian troops as a hospital. The bunkers have been restored along with a memorial cemetery. At Ypres itself there is a ...
... the other passengers with our singing and dancing as we entered the French roads, making our way over to the Belgian border, and our first city of the day - Ypres. Being Kevin I had sussed out the sights, prices, and car parking arrangements for us all, and we headed straight to the centre of town before the Market closed down. After this we headed over to the Menin Gate, the ...
... valley upstream to Diksmuide and beyond to become flooded. The floods, several kilometres wide, stopped the German army and became the Front Line for the defending Belgians to the west side of the inundation. Our landlady, Marie-Therese, had asked us if we would like to join her at a special workshop this afternoon at Schore on the river north of Diksmuide. It sounded very interesting and we four turned up at an old mill, now a pottery. The project was explained ...
... cemetery in the world, there are nearly 12,000 graves here, 8,500 of them are unnamed.
10 minutes outside of Ypres we visited Hill 60 (after seeing the film Beneath Hill 60) the site where Australian tunnelers blew up a mine below the German position on Hill 60. The site hasn't been touched since the war and is still full of craters and a pill box and is an impressive area to see! Hill 62, which we went to next is ...
... pillboxes that were still left standing had to taken by the soldiers. The 3rd Division suffered 4100 casualties, the supporting 4th Division 2700 and the New Zealanders 5000, a total of almost 12000 men of the total 26000 British casualties in this battle.
Today there are several accessible craters left after these massive explosions and we visited the water filled Ultimo Crater and nearby Factory Farm Crater, located on the old ...